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November 11, 2013

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I don't understand why scientists get so excited about this sort of thing. The nearest planet to Earth that they surmise life could exist upon is like what - 12 light years away? Light speed is approximately 186,000 miles per second in a vacuum (the speed of light is exact but it is defined in meters, but you knew that). Doing the math to solve for distance and with respect to the speeds which humans can attain in spacecraft based upon current science, it would take three million years to get there, if we got the notion to try.

Life is merely the acquired ability of molecules to reproduce themselves. It is a cinch that self-replicating molecules at unimaginably great distances from Earth are no better at it than those here on fair Gaia.

Alien: Hello, human. Our species has developed technology that allow for faster-than-light travel. Your planet was the closest, so we decided to come and explore here.

Human: Wow, we had suspected that there might be Life elsewhere than on this planet. It's comforting to know we were correct in our assumptions.

Alien: Is there anything we can help you with?

Human: We do not like to die. This has always been our biggest problem.

Alien: Well, sorry to disappoint you, but we have not figured this problem out ourselves. That's why we are exploring the cosmos with our most advanced technology.

Human: That's ironic. We devote our greatest efforts to developing weapons that can destroy Life on this planet.

And on and on without cease.

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